August 24, 1965 ~ August 4, 2019

Born in: Asheville, NC
Resided in: Asheville, NC

Sydney Louise Allen, 53, of Asheville, died suddenly Sunday August 4th, after suffering an apparent heart arrhythmia. Born August 24th 1965 in Asheville, Sydney was briefly survived by her mother, Louise Ingle Allen of Asheville, who died August 14. Sydney is also survived by her father, Zack Clark Allen of Crossnore and his wife Maggie Lauterer.

Other survivors include her sister, Sarah Allen, of Asheville; her daughters: Savannah Bradley Altherr (Everett) and Hanna Joy Allen; an uncle, Bill Ingle (Vicki) of Fletcher; several cousins; and far too many friends to name here.

She was educated in Asheville city schools and at Asheville-Buncombe and McDowell Community Colleges. She had traveled extensively and worked for many years as a travel agent. She was a widow and was also known as Sydney Coggins before reclaiming her maiden name.

Sydney had a sweet nature, a keen intelligence and an infectious sense of humor. Her spirit brightened the lives of those around her. Although disabled by her struggle with bipolar and anxiety disorders, and handicapped by recent knee and hip problems, her smile remained quick and easy. She had suffered and successfully fought against addiction, the plague of her generation. Through her times of peace and times of trouble she maintained her love for her children, for her parents, for her sister and for her friends. When joy was her portion she shared it freely with those around her. When pain was her burden, she too often carried it alone.

Sydney left too soon but she left on a high note. Her life was in a new and positive balance. She had reconciled with her past, embraced the present; and eagerly looked to the future. She was visiting family as she waited for her new apartment and her last few days were spent with her beloved daughter Hanna.

Sydney was a spiritual being. She held dear the teachings of Jesus and emphatically believed that she was a child of God. She trusted that there has been a place prepared for her in that new existence she called Heaven. She believed that it was there that she would claim her new life with departed friends and family as they waited together for their loved ones.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, August 24th, in the chapel of Groce Funeral Home on Patton Avenue. A brief reception will follow. Private graveside services will be held later.


Memorial Service: August 24, 2019 2:00 pm

Groce Funeral Home - Patton Ave.
1401 Patton Ave.
Asheville, NC 28806


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      • I can’t believe that I am writing this to you Sydney I’m so heartbroken I loved you so much my friend .I will always always miss you .your crazy sence of humor our silly sayings our name calling each other you kept me laughing even at the worse times we always found away to find the humor.I love you Angel .I know you are in a wonderful place with nomore pain your memories I will treasure .I never knew that our last really happy phone call would be our last that day You were very happy I was so happy for you I could keep going but I I’m crying so hard I can hardly see I love you always my prescious sweet Sydney I miss you.

  1. RIP Sweet girl, I will see you again someday and we will cruse heaven together just like we use to Patton as teens!!! Your smile and laughter will be missed. You have always been beautiful with such a big heart. And I was always so jealous of that gorgeous head of hair, which I would tell you all the time. lol We had so much fun as teens. I had lost contact with you and heard of your struggles. Kept you in my prayers! I love you my sweet friend. We will always be west asheville girls!!!

  2. Zack, Maggie, Louise and family, please know our love and prayers are with you all. We are so very sorry. Tommy & Beth Tuten, Ann & Johnny Penland

  3. I remember Sydney from our Emmanuel Lutheran School days. I saw her many years later when we were all grown up and recognized her as the same sweet and pretty girl I recalled. We had a nice time chatting and catching up. I remember when she lived on Leicester Hwy and I frequently look at that house and think of Sydney. I am so very sorry to read that she has passed away. My thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends.

  4. It seems only yesterday when we lived in the garage apt next door. There were many happy memories. Even though I hadn’t seen Sydney in a while, I would see her off & on & she was always the same beautiful soul! She will be missed by all that knew her. Sending love, light, healing & hugs to you all! The obituary & video were beautiful!

  5. Great person great family always welcomed me with open arms loved Sydney she was a special person will always be in my heart Louise you will be missed prayers for the family

  6. Love you Sydney even though I didn’t get to see you often, your dad has always shared you and Sarah with me. Your pictures and comments on Facebook have meant a lot to me. ~Love💕your aunt Terry

  7. Oh..I miss you so… you wasnt just my best friend you was my family.. I’m not saying good bye…I’m saying till we meet again in heaven…I know you’ll be at the gate waiting on me… I love you sis…

  8. Sydney, My Darling Buttercup !! I Love 💘 You VERY much & Will Always be Grateful for the time we had !! When We were together .. The FUTURE seemed so Beautiful and Promising !! I Wish that You didn’t have to Leave so soon ! Still Glad that we took it Slow and Easy, to be Sure that What We had was REAL and Pure !! I’m Glad You “Made Your Move” Saturday Morning !! It was Beautifully Romantic and Awesome !! No Matter the Pain and Heartbreak I Feel now !! Your Smile and Happiness are worth it !! I’ll Miss You and Your Beautiful Smile and Eyes and The Way That You Would Say “I can’t believe that I’m Kissing Ernest Lindsey ” I wish I could Turn back time to when We were Young and Bashful !! Knowing what I know now.. I Would have tried to Start what we ended up with.. Years ago !! When I was Leaving Saturday Afternoon and We were Hugging and Kissing like teenagers… You asked me if I was Your Boyfriend Now.. All I could do was GRIN and Kiss You !!

  9. Hey my beautiful friend. I love n miss you. R.I.P.ALWAYS…Love you forever…” Halfpint ” .. Fly high with The Angels my friend


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